By Wale Akinola
– Some retired soldiers have urged President Buhari to order the payment of their outstanding pension arrears
– The soldiers retired from military service after the civil war in 1970
– According to them, some of their members had died due to poor medical conditions
An appeal has been sent to President Muhammadu Buhari by some retired Army officers to save them from poverty and untold hardship.
Daily Trust reports that the retired soldiers who are of Ekiti state origin voluntarily retired from the Nigerian Army after the civil war of 1967-1970.
Legit.ng gathered that they begged the president to rescue them from untimely death by ordering the immediate payment of their pension.
The officers expressed regret that over 60 out of the 240 members had died due to poor medical conditions with over 70 suffering from severe ailments.
The publicity secretary of the retired officers, Alhaji Bello Oseni, while addressing newsmen in Ado Ekiti on Thursday, November 12, urged Buhari to honour his 2015 pledge to extend the payment of pension to all retired officers that partook in the civil war.
“We commend President Muhammadu Buhari for remembering us after four decades of neglect, but we appeal that this pledge should be implemented in due course. We started this struggle with 240 members, today we are 180 with about 70 nursing severe ailments.
“We were at the battlefield for over three years. We fought for the unity of this nation. We kept Nigeria one and we deserved to be taken care of.
“We have no regret serving our fatherland, but we are surprised that those who fought for the nation and rescued it from disintegration could be treated this way. Helping us at this stage will send a signal of patriotism to Nigerians because all we did was out of patriotic spirit.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Coalition Against Terrorism and Extremism (CATE) on Thursday, November 12, pledged to support the Nigerian Army and the Borno state government in fast-tracking the capture of the 86 terrorists on the most wanted list released on Wednesday, November 11.
It was reported that while speaking to journalists in Maiduguri, the group said it would do anything within its power to assist troops of the Nigerian Army in their bid to capture the fleeing terrorists and their leaders, Abubakar Shekau and Abu Musa Al Barnawi.
In another report, Ali Ndume, chairman of the Senate Committee on Army, faulted the Nigerian government over its stand on the dreaded and destructive Boko Haram terrorists.
Specifically, Ndume faulted the Buhari-led administration for its policy of rehabilitating and reintegrating repentant Boko Haram members.
The outspoken lawmaker insisted that deradicalizing ex-Boko Haram members is a misplacement of priority.